It’s the end of our fifth day in London and I’m late to bed — tomorrow a taxi comes at 3:30 AM to take us to the airport, bound for Istanbul. We’ve spent the past few days seeing as much of the city as we could manage. I wish I could write more now, but what is it they say about the pictures-words exchange rate?
As always, mouse over the photos for my notes. Click to enlarge.
Saturday the 29th: the South Bank
Sunday the 30th: West-Central* and East London
Today (Monday the 1st): the V&A (Victoria and Albert) Museum in South Kensington
So that’s London in a quick-quick trip. I’m off to pack and finish looking things up for our travel tomorrow. See you in Istanbul!!
*For lack of a better understanding of what to call London’s various neighborhoods, I’ve just lumped the Kensington/Hyde Park/Green Park area together as west-central.
Wow! So much to see here, Lisa. No one would know your proportions were off in your sketch if you hadn’t told us. (Even with the heat coming off the trees. 🙂 ) And that’s an interesting wall, but it’s you that
made that first picture cool. Very cool.
Ah, thank you, dear Ré. 🙂 London is a crazy feast of things to see. Even now that we’ve moved on, I find myself wanting to reread old favorite English novels for mentions of street and neighborhood names that now mean something to me! 🙂
Whistle-stop tour ! Well done. The V&A are the British Museum are glorious monuments to years of colonial thievery – it’s almost embarrassing.
Thank you, Alan! Yes — my friend said of the British Museum, “It’s worth going to, if only because they just stole from EVERYBODY!” True, and not a nice history, but it does make for magnificent collections. I’m glad admission is free!
The Getty Museum out here also has that iffy reputation.
I remember visiting the V&A museum years ago and being staggered by its endless collections. I believe I was spun around so many times by so many inclinations to go in so many directions that I wound up seeing barely anything!
Thank you for the tour – it reminds me how much I miss my annual vacations to England!
The Getty in LA? I must say I adore that place… though I’ve spent much more time in the gardens and restaurant than in the galleries. ;b
Annual vacations to England sound pretty marvelous. After this trip I am hoping we will start some kind of annual journey of our own — there is still so much more world to see!
Agreed on museums being staggering. One great thing about our trip is it is giving me so much experience in museum-going… I think once we get home (wherever we end up making our home), I will get memberships to local museums and just spend time getting to know the collections slowly. That’s something it never occurred to me to do before, but now I think it’s the only real way.
good Idea – I’ll do ithere
I’m considering getting memberships to some of the Parisian museums so I can spend more time there before we leave. 🙂 Daily admission is expensive!